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29 April 2013 @ 12:20 pm
this may sound familiar  
"We are passing through something more than a period of disappointing economic growth and increasing political polarization. What’s happening is more powerful: the collapse of 'entitlement.' By this, I do not mean primarily cuts in specific government benefits, most prominently Social Security, but the demise of a broader mind-set — attitudes and beliefs — that, in one form or another, has gripped Americans since the 1960s. The breakdown of these ideas has rattled us psychologically as well as politically and economically."

Selkiselki on May 1st, 2013 01:38 pm (UTC)
"[...] It's an accumulation of a lot of things that have been pursued either with good intentions or with arrogance, but nevertheless are coming to an end. And I mean the long sweep of history from World War II, mostly triumphant for America and very successful, in which we stood up to run the world. And I say that not cynically or critically, even.

"But that led us into a lot of stuff, both at home and abroad, which has been, I think, wrong, but also debilitating. And I'm talking about the end of that era. Number one is over. Not going to be any headlines announcing that, but in many different ways, it will be good for the world and good for this country, for America, if we can back off of that history and reconsider ourselves as a country, I mean, as a society ...]"

-- William Greider, on the PBS television program, Charlie Rose, 2009-05-11
via http://dglenn.dreamwidth.org/2009099.html with link to vid and transcript
PMMJ: King Mobcheetahmaster on May 1st, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
ooh, danke.